tv [untitled] June 3, 2012 7:00pm-7:30pm PDT
>> ok. good morning. it's really great to see everyone indoors on our -- working on our budget when we had the beautiful day outside. so thank you for taking time out of your day to discuss our city budget from the perspective of district 10 and district 11. my name is supervisor john avalos and i'm the supervisor for district 11. [applause]
and i want to welcome our mayor, mayor ed lee for his presence here. [applause] i also want to welcome supervisor cohen who is also co-hosting our -- [applause] our budget town hall today. we also have the chair of the budget committee of the board of supervisors, supervisor carmen khu. -- chu. [applause] and after having chaired the budget committee two years in a row in 2009 and 2010, i can honestly say it's one of the most challenging jobs on the board of supervisors and with carmen, you have a great leader, someone who knows the ins and outs of this budget and really will be looking closely at neighborhoods like arson to make -- ours to make sure we can get out of this budget so carmen is a great person to have on our committee. i want to welcome all the
seniors and the youths and the families and residents of district 11 and district 10. we have an incredible task before us on how to balance this budget. even though budget times are looking better, we have hard and difficult choices to make as we do the budget balancing work in the city county of san francisco. our budget is really a statement about our priorities as a city. we have lots of priorities as off our complement each other but sometimes compete against each other and we have to make hard decisions about what gets budgeted first and foremost. over the past few years, as your supervisor for district 11, i've invested small amounts of money in community development efforts of how we can create more resources for people in our district, we have a committee
grant making program supporting seniors, young people. it's making sure that leaders can actually come about in our neighborhood street. there's a report on telling us now make employment work in this part of san francisco. right now, we do not have any major workforce development dollars that come directly for employment where in the city, we want to be able to change that. this report points us in that direction so in the future, we'll be -- [applause] thank you. so in the future, we'll be pointing in the direction for jobs for youth, jobs for adults, in this part of san francisco and ways that we can support communities that don't get employment if our traditional sectors. so we'll be hearing from people about that today. i want to hear from everyone and i'll stay as long as it takes to
hear from public comments and thank you for being here. i want to pass the mike on to supervisor cohen. [applause] >> thank you. >> good morning, san francisco. i'm glad to see you this morning. do we have anyone here from d-10? all right. good morning. do we have anyone here from d-11? whoa! do we have anyone here from the city family? [laughter] do we have anyone here from the city family? [applause] we are fired up and happy to be here today because we are going to be talking about the number issue that has an effect and connects all neighborhoods, awe races of people, all classes of people and that's our budget. we are here to begin the conversation about our budget priorities and hear from you, from your perspective, from our first line of defense, our
service providers, our constituent, our friends, our neighborhood leaders, our democratic clubs. all of you on here have an opinion on what our priorities should be and we have come to humbly receive that information. humbly receive that information so they're going to be very few speeches today. we're going to be putting on our ears today and we are going to be listening. and we're going to be listening in chinese. we're going to be listening in spanish. we're going to be listening in every language that you speak. if you're speaking, we're listening. and our priorities, our budget priorities at the end of this process will most likely hopefully and will reflect what we have heard in other budget town hall meetings and all around the city. so i want you guys to put a warm welcome to a man that has changed this budget town hall process. not only under the leadership of supervisor carmen chu but mayor ed lee who began last year
implementing budget town hall meetings. this is what i understand one of the few -- one of a new way that we begin to discuss budget priorities. so please welcome your mayor, our mayor, our friend, ed lee. [applause] >> thank you. >> tough. good morning, everybody. and i want to thank the city art and technology school for hosting us here. yes. [applause] principal daniel allen. thank you so much for this lovely location. [applause] so as supervisor avalos and supervisor cohen and we're joined by supervisor carmen chu as well. you know, i've had the pleasure of working with our whole board of supervisors and i'll tell you, all of them have been very
dedicated. and you have heard the new tone at city hall. no calling names. no wasting time. we are on your business. and that's why we enjoy coming out so the neighborhood. we enjoy holding budget town hall meetings because the most important thing that we should be doing is listening to the needs, not making decisions in isolation, and then respecting our communities. that's what i want to do. you know me. i've been picking up trash for a lot of you in this district for many years. we've been out in mccarron park cleaning that place up. we've been down in sunny dale trying to keep things clean, safe. we know these neighborhoods but we also want to make sure we honor a tradition that has been long held in the city. we make decisions with our community. never in isolation. that's why it's important that we be out here. that's why it's important i tell you we haven't made any decisions yet on our budget.
but we are heading in a particular direction. and that direction has to be recovery. it has to be job creating. it has to be about positive investments in our communities. and in our city. because i really have to tell you the truth. i'm not going to head up a city that's dependant upon the state government that keeps failing us. i can't depend upon a federal government that can't have a decent conversation in both houses to put forward transportation and parks and environment and schools. every time we listen to state and national political discussions, i get so disappointed. so i'm turning to the only hope i got. that's our neighborhood leaders. you've got the answers. you're positive about where you live. you're not giving up. you're picture assistant. -- percent. that's what -- persistent. that's what i love about san
francisco. so we're here to get energized. we get energized at city hall. yes, you're going to tell us about problems. yes, you're going to challenge us. but when we go to work and we get things done and we feel that much better. that's why when we team one the board of supervisors, we get local hires done and done better. san franciscans need that job. when we say to you that we're going to create jobs for our youth, 5,000 of them this summer, we ain't messing around. we go to cooperations -- corporations like wells fargo and bank of america. get your hands up. jamba juice. how many are you going to hire? we go to every corporation. and i want to thank eric mcdonald from united way. thank you, eric, for helping us lead 5,000 jobs this summer. [applause] he's working really well with our school district, with our families and children of youth and families departments, with
all the city departments to make this commitment true, 5,000 summer jobs. and we've got a website for those of you who are asking i don't know how to get those jobs. well, we're aiming those jobs this summer at disconnected youth. and for you not to be disconnected, the website, hiresfyouth.org. get on that youth. we are serious about this. we've got jobs from all of the great companies in san francisco joined with all of the departments that you see here. we've got a lot of departments here today as well. they're here to listen. and we can answer some of the questions that you have today, we'll do that. but most importantly, we're here to listen to what you believe the priorities for district 11 and district 10 are, what you think the issues in san francisco have to be paid
attention to. and we want to make sure that we get this input right. and so i want to thank all of the department representatives here. we've got departments that you know. departments that you seen day to day. we're all working together to make sure that we manage your city well, manage your taxes well. i know a lot of people, d-10 and d-11 pay a lot of taxes. you want to make sure we're doing the right thing to them. we'll be listening carefully. we'll be challenging you to tell us what those priorities are. having said that, i want to let you know the budget is not as difficult, perhaps, as challenging as it was a year ago, a year ago, we're staring at a budget deficit of over $350 million. -- for this next year. now, it's looking like about $170 million deficit for the
next fiscal year. the following year, it's about $312 million. and as you may have heard, we're no longer doing one-year budgetting. we're doing two-year budgetting. we want to put in a lot more fiscal disciplining so when you see that we make investments, hopefully, you'll see the programs come out. many times, there's been years where there are problems made but you never saw the programs. you never saw the brick and mor tor come up. we need to do better fiscal planning and that's been where i've been emphasizing and doing a better planning job with the board of supervisors and with all the different agencies. you know me. we introduced a 10-year capital plan. put in a lot more discipline so when your property taxes are at work, whether it's rebuilding a general hospital or playgrounds, you can see when they're supposed to get done. and then we promised not to raise your property taxes when we use the bond program to fund other things that you care about and you tell us that you care about.
same thing with our budget. we have $175 million deficit. we are going to buy law, but also by our very commitment to you, balance that budget and when we do that, we will balance it with your interest in mind. but it is still a deficit. so please make sure you don't use the word surplus here. there's no surplus yet. that doesn't exist in my textbook of words yet. but i hope to get there with you in a matter of years. i hope to help create a new challenge one of these days where we do have revenues that exceed expenditures. but we're not there yet. we're not there because we still got some expenditures that are far exceeding our revenues. but you hear probably three or four months, how the revenues are increasing. you hear jobs are being created. you hear businesses making private investments in our city
moving back in to mid market. hopefully, filling some of the vacancies out here in outer mission and in the mission along third street. you see people making investments here creating jobs. so i'm going to end speech making because the valuable time that we want to have today is listening to all of you. and so with your help, we'll do our job and do it better. and again, thank you for welcoming us here. thank you for spending your valuable saturday morning. and of course after this, it's go giants. [laughter] [applause] thank you. >> thank you, mayor lee. and thank you for your great work and san francisco and helping to move this city forward. and we are all committed to working with you to help make that happen. i want to introduce some of the folks who will be doing that work. our department head.
and if you could just raise your head when your name is called. we have henry alvarez from the housing authority. [applause] olsen lee from the mayor's office of housing. adrian pond from the office of -- i'm drawing a blank here. she's here. she's in the city administrator's office. c. barcelona from the human services agency. muhammad neru from the department of public works. our neuly-appointed city administrator naomi kelly. [applause] maria sue from the department of children youth and their families. [applause] carla johnson from the mayor's office on disability. denny kern from the rebecca and park department. john haley from the san
francisco municipal transportation agency. young lee from the san francisco unified school district. greg wagner from the department of public health. [applause] william lee from the department of emergency management. [applause] regina dickey from the office of small business. charean mcspagen. and we have daniel allen, principal of city of parts and technology. thank you again for opening up your auditorium for us. chief joanne hayes white from the fire department. and chief greg serb from the police department. [applause] and we have from the san francisco public library jill bourn. [applause]
and anyone we may have left out, we have hodges mendosa from the mayor's office on education. i knew it. and also our cool board commissioner. thank you so much for being -- i've got to pass this on to our emcee shaman walton and is now the district 11 resident as well. shaman. [applause] >> good morning, everybody. i'm going to try this again. good morning, everybody. thank you. it's a privilege and honor to be here to moderate this great discussion. i have the privilege of living in district 11 and working in district 10. so these priorities are important to me. and as a leader of the community, i'm going to be very objective today. so i need you all to stay focused on the task at hand so we can have a great and productive conversation while we're here this morning. can everybody do that? all right.
so a couple of housekeeping things. when we get to the open mike part and i'm going to stay urn my two minutes during my conversation as well. just to be a good model for what we want to see in the conversation. but when we get so the open mike part of the conversation, we're going to allow for two minutes. whatever you would like to say, you need to keep it into two minutes and be mindful of the times so that everybody will have an opportunity and we'll get more people with the opportunity to speak. ok? so two minutes. we're going to keep it to two minutes. you can either ask a question. give a speech, give a show. but it's going to have to be in two minutes. second thing is we're going to alternate two districts so we're fair that both districts get ample opportunities to address their concerns. everyone can't speak at the same time. so we're going to let the speaker be heard. we're going to be respectful and mindful of the fact that only one person can talk so they can be heard and they can be clear so the proper questions can also be answered.
housekeeping. there are headsets up front for translations when you come in. we have captions for the hearing-impaired. so we want to make sure that everybody gets a chance to whether heard as well as are accommodated so they can communicate very well. so with that said, i think we get an understanding of the flow of the conversation when we get to the open mike. i'm going to bring up the mayor of budget director. >> good morning. good morning, everybody. thank you. so -- can you guys hear me? good. so i'm just going to speak very briefly about the budget. just a few highlights since i think you've heard a lot from everybody else already. and really our purpose today is to listen to you. so san francisco's budget as you've heard is really a statement of our priorities. it's what we invest our money in to deliver services to all the residents and people who live and work in san francisco.
our budget is about $6.8 billion every year. and about half of that is in what we call the general fund. and that's really the place where we have the conversation about a budget shortfall. what do we spend that general fund money on? we spend it on things like public safety, police and fire. we spend it on health. we spend it on programs for children, youth and families. and we spend it on things like rec and park. we also have -- we're also the biggest employer in the city and county. we have about 26,000 employees who work for the city every day. i have some charts up here. i'm not going to go through them all, but basically, one of the tasks that i have every year is to balance our budget shortfall. and you heard the mayor say he would like to be in a place where we have a budget surplus but we're not there yet. and one way of thinking about that is we get our revenues. those are from property taxes,
from sales tax, from the hotel tax. and all of those revenues together aren't sufficient to pay for all of the expenses that we have. one way of thinking about it is, you know, over the past few years, because of the economy, many people have experienced having income that is platt or -- flat or declining. maybe your rent is more expensive. the price of gas is more expensive. so you have to figure out what do i trade off? you know, how i can afford to continue to do the things i need to do? and we're in the same situation. so our goals as the mayor said, we have to have a two-year balance budget. we want to hear from you about where should we be investing? what kinds of things can we improve? and what should we be paying attention to as we think about making those trade-offs? i really appreciate everybody being here and that's all i have to say. [applause] >> thank you, kate.
so as you could see, the city much like some of our own households, they have some real scenario where is they have deal with and they have to prioritize and i'm glad to hear the mayor say that we're not as at a surplus. i have to remind staff and board members of that all the time. increased revenue does not necessarily equal surplus. so the city has to prioritize and make sure that they focus on the most important needs and the values of the city to make sure that we get what we want and get what we need but at the same time, they have to do it with the fact that we don't have a surplus in the budget. they have a hard job up here and we want to let them know that we appreciate the hard work that they do working on this budget so with that said, i'm going to introduce a couple of speakers. first, we're going to have speakers come from district 10. we have neil who is with you a on thea and the human rights
commission advisory board and mr. al norman with the baby emergence. if you could both line up right here and we'll have neil go first. >> good morning. i have two minutes. so this is my "american idol." are you guys ready? yeah. first of all, i would like to thank the mayor and our supervisors for coming out and everybody for showing up. the last time i was here was in the seventh grade in the production of hare. -- "hair." i'm 54. so this is really a trip. redevelopment. it's gone. our street is a ghost town. if you've seen leyland avenue, it's beautiful. we have a green way. it's beautiful. but we have a lot of empty
storefronts. and with the redevelopment gone, it's probably going to get worse. how many here in district 11 has ever come down and spent a dollar on leyland avenue? great. i spend a lot of money in the mission. because there are places to go. and we need places to go in mid valley. we have a lot of services for minorities. i'm a minority. sfaft -- as a matter of fact, i'm a single dad. i'm disabled. i'm gay. i mean, you can go through all the gam mitt. -- gamut. i represent d-10 as all of you do. there are so many different services there to help them. but the only services is not available is income. is jobs. we need something to boost leyland avenue. and i thank the city for really taking notice of what's going on in d-10.
because it's very important that we all survive as a community. like i said, i went here. luther burbank. who would have ever thought i would come back and ask for the city to really pay attention to us in d-10 and d 11. so spend your money wisely. thank you very much. [applause] >> good morning, everybody. al norman, baby emergence association. and we talk about redevelopment. we talk about the city of san francisco. our mayor, our chief of police, our fire department, our new c.o.a. and then, of course, our illustrious supervisor avalos here who help putt this thing on for us today. but the most important thing we have to remember, we have to remember what happened in the past concerning us as communities and as districts and how important it is for all districts to work together, to help the mayor to help the chief of police to help the chief of
the fire department. and what's been happening there's been too much decisiveness between districts -- decisiveness between districts. and by a view is one of the poorest districts in san francisco and we suffered gnome -- enormous economic loss in the past. we have the redevelopment and all the other things coming in, and even emergence got stuff going on where we're trying to pitch in and do a lot more volunteer stuff and that's what it's going to take for all of us here. the money used to flow through san francisco like water. but, you know, they cut the tap off right now. we have an illustrious supervisor like malia cohen and mr. avalos in what he has concerning jobs and employment and all of those things. i don't think it has to be about
color. what about the economic stability with people living within the bounties and what can we do to help each other? and help our elected officials and our appointed officials and all the people who count to bring revenues to san francisco? we're putting on things and our biggest goal is to make it as one of the safest places in san francisco where you can come to shop and spend your money with us and our merchants and all the different things that we want to put out there for you. we're not just putting building houses. we want skating rinks. we want bowling alleys. all the stuff you see leaving san francisco, we want that as a part of development and the part of our economic development. not just for the adults and everybody. we want something for our kids to do. so they don't have to hang out all night. they don't have to worry about joining no gang. they have plenty of safe havens throughout the community and many of the things you envisioned in our community, we
want you to come and visit us and us to visit you and show that is as fellow san franciscans, fellow citizens of san francisco helping each other do what's needed to >> i'm a san francisco native. i was born and raised here, 1946. i'm very proud of where i'm from. i'm very proud of the people who are here. even though we go to city hall and fight like cats and dogs sometimes i'm proud of how we engage each other in conversation and we can take those conversations and make them work for everyone. thank you so much. >> we want to thank both gentlemen. before i introduce our community representatives from district 11, if you want to be heard during the open mic time make sure that you fill out the cards. they are on the tables at the front. i believe they are color coded
by district. please fill out the card completely so we can have all the information in case we don't get to you and you don't have a chance to speak we will know who to follow up w. i want to introduce mr. dora god and pat kwrty clement from c.y.o. >> good morning, everybody. i'm from out of sight centers. i'm here representing the clubs planning committee and i want to let you know we have been working hard to provide for our unique district. it is well known we are in district 11, we are culturally diverse, we have the most families, university and seniors in san francisco. through our effort individual effort we have targeted several areas in district 11 that need to be focused on